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VB1340 - Protection of emergency service workers bill 2018 watch

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    B1340 - Protection of emergency service workers bill 2018, Joecphillips seconded by CountBrandenberg

    Create an offence of harassing the emergency service workers while they are doing their job.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1- Causing harassment, alarm or distress of an emergency service worker
    (1)A person is guilty of an offence if he—
    (a)uses threatening words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or
    (b)displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening,within the hearing or sight of a emergency service employee whilst in the process of carrying out their duties likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby .
    (2)An offence under this section may be committed in a public or a private place, except that no offence is committed where the words or behaviour are used, or the writing, sign or other visible representation is displayed, by a person inside a dwelling and the other person is also inside that or another dwelling.
    (3)It is a defence for the accused to prove—
    (a)that he had no reason to believe that there was any person within hearing or sight who was likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, or
    (b)that he was inside a dwelling and had no reason to believe that the words or behaviour used, or the writing, sign or other visible representation displayed, would be heard or seen by a person outside that or any other dwelling, or
    (c)that his conduct was reasonable.
    (4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;

    2- Citation and commencement
    (1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.
    (2) The provisions of this Act come into force on Royal Assent
    (3) This Act may be referred to as the Protection of emergency service workers Act 2018

    Recently the case of Kirsty Sharman abusing paramedics hit the news, she posted a note on an ambulance and also continued to shout abuse at the paramedics who were parked up and helping her neighbour who was suffering from breathing difficulties.

    It seems cases like the one mentioned are occurring more regularly and people abusing the great people who work for the emergency services should face harsher penalties than just a fine if a judge decides it is appropriate
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    A nay I'm afraid.


    Agree with the content but awful formatting.

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